Symposium on Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia


September 24, 2012 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music, Center of Russian and East European Studies, and the Study Abroad Office 

Featuring presentations by students who participated in Pitt’s Romani (Gypsy) summer study abroad program in Central and Eastern Europe -May 26-June 12, 2012

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 Julian Hayda (DePaul University, Class of 2014) Roma Photo Exhibit

9:00 -9:30 Lisa Wojciechowicz (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2014) “Caste-Aways: The Precarious Position of Roma in Europe"

9:30-10:00 Rachel McVey (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2014) “What Can Jim Crow Teach Europe?: Dimensions of the Romani Movement in the Czech Republic and Slovakia"

10:00-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-10:45 Hope McLaughlin (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2014) “Like my status if you like Gypsies” The Role of Social Media in the Roma Rights Movement”

10:45-11:15 Dominique Dela Cruz (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2013) “The Influence of Fashion on Roma Communities”

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Christine Lim (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2015) “Reducing Tuberculosis Transmission in Europe by Minimizing Romani Homelessness, Discrimination, and Other Stress Factors”

12:00 – 12:30 Lynsie Clott (University of Pittsburgh/GSPIA, MPIA 2013) “Women’s Rights and Gender Equality as Factors for Roma Social Inclusion, Development, and Security”

12:30-12:45 Coffee break 

12:45 – 1:15 Dylan Crossen (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2013) “Perceptions of Roma and Their Music”

1:15-1:45 Evan Zajdel Evan Zajdel (University of Pittsburgh/UHC, BPhil 2013) “Roma Rights Movement: A Fiber Artist’s Interpretation” (embroidery, appliqué, quilting, dye-work)

1:45-2:00 Coffee break

2:00-2:30 Lucas and Nicolas Durik-Ha (University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2012 and 2013) “Identity Crisis: Lessons Learned By Two Roma Brothers in an Ethnographic Effort Across Europe”

2:30-3:00 Laryssa Szyszka (Franklin & Marshall College, Class of 2015) “Magic as a Factor in Romani Cultural Isolation”

All students are invited to a special workshop-performance by Fanfare Ciocărlia, a 12 piece Gypsy brass band from Romania  

4pm in Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 South Bellefield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Fanfare Ciocărlia will also perform at the Brillobox on September 24 at 9pm.

4204 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Tickets are $15. 

Photo credit: Hope McLaughlin © 2012